MTrackJ: A Java Program for Manual Object Tracking
MTrackJ is an ImageJ plugin to facilitate manual tracking of moving objects in image sequences and the measurement of track statistics.
The plugin can handle up to five-dimensional (5D) images of any type supported by ImageJ.
Fiji users: the plugin is already part of the distribution and can be found under the Plugins > Tracking menu.
ImageJ users: installation is accomplished by downloading the following two jar-files to the plugins folder.
By downloading any of these files you indicate your agreement to the Terms and Conditions below.
> MTrackJ_.jar (version 1.5.1)
> imagescience.jar (version 3.0.0)
The jar-files contain both the source code and the compiled versions of all classes.
More information on the second file (the support library) is also available.
See the online manual for information on how to use the plugin.
See the release notes for information on the present and past versions.
Terms and Conditions
Copyright (C) Erik Meijering. Permission to use this software and corresponding documentation for educational, research, and not-for-profit purposes, without a fee and without a signed licensing agreement, is granted, subject to the following terms and conditions.
IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO REDISTRIBUTE, SELL, OR LEASE THIS SOFTWARE, OR DERIVATIVE WORKS THEREOF, WITHOUT PERMISSION IN WRITING FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER. THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER IS FREE TO MAKE VERSIONS OF THE SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FOR A FEE OR COMMERCIALLY ONLY.
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE AND ITS DOCUMENTATION, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF.
THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE SOFTWARE AND CORRESPONDING DOCUMENTATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS". THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER HAS NO OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE MAINTENANCE, SUPPORT, UPDATES, ENHANCEMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.
MTrackJ was developed at the Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam of the Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands when I was working with colleagues on evaluating the performance of existing and newly developed tracking algorithms compared to manual tracking by human observers. Writing a general purpose program such as MTrackJ is not completely trivial. Therefore, if you publish results that are based on it, I expect you to acknowledge me by citing the following paper:
- E. Meijering, O. Dzyubachyk, I. Smal
Methods for Cell and Particle Tracking
Methods in Enzymology, vol. 504, February 2012, pp. 183-200
The paper gives an overview of principles and software for cell and particle tracking in time-lapse microscopy images and mentions MTrackJ as a useful tool for manual tracking in case automated tracking methods fail.